Posted by: Lauren | March 7, 2011

slow cooker steel cut oatmeal recipe


I discovered two different recipes for slow cooker steel cut oats and adapted them to make my own. A couple things to note:

1. If you do not have a digital timer on your slow cooker that changes to “keep warm,” you should make these during the daytime when you will be around to keep an eye on it. That way after 4 hours on low, you can drop it down to the warm setting for another 4 hours. You can reheat in the microwave in the morning.. 

2. If you do have a digital slow cooker, then just set it for low for 4 hours before you got to bed, and it will go to “keep warm” while you are sleeping and you can eat it in the morning.

3. This makes a ton, so you can store in fridge and enjoy throughout the week by reheating with a bit of milk stirred in.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal serves 8. Adapted from here and here

  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • few shakes cinnamon
  • few glugs of pure vanilla extract (1 Tbsp?)
  • 2/3 cup of your favorite dried fruit (I’ve done combinations of chopped figs and cranberries, or just raisins and added chopped apples in the morning)

Combine ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours, and then the warm setting for another 4 hours, that way it will not get crusty or burnt. Top with any of your favorites: banana, chopped apples, nut butters, pure maple syrup, or honey.


Has anyone tried any slow cooker breakfast recipes they enjoyed? Share the recipe or link in the comments!

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15





  1. I’ve been wanting to try steel cut oatmeal in the crockpot for awhile now, but I’ve been nervous about it. You make it sound so easy. I love the idea of a chopped apple stirred in – I’ll let you know if I try it!

  2. Your oats look amaazing!! Great blog 🙂

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